Compton, Berkshire

Compton, Berkshire

Coordinates: 51°30′54″N 1°15′11″W / 51.515°N 1.253°W / 51.515; -1.253

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St Mary's and St Nicholas Church
Compton is located in Berkshire

 Compton shown within Berkshire
Population 1,521 (2001)
OS grid reference SU5279
Parish Compton
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newbury
Postcode district RG20
Dialling code 01635
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
Website Compton Parish Council
List of places: UK • England • Berkshire

Compton is a village and civil parish in the River Pang valley in the Berkshire Downs about 6.5 miles (10.5 km) south of Didcot. It has a population of 1,521.[1] The Pang flows through the village as a winter bourne, a stream that only flows after periods of unusually high rainfall.


Parish church

The bell tower of the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas was built in the 13th century[2] and has Perpendicular Gothic features[2] that were added in the 15th century.[3] In 1850 the nave and chancel were modernised[3] or rebuilt[2] and in 1905 the Gothic Revival architect John Oldrid Scott added the north aisle.[2]

Former railway

In 1881 the Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway was completed through the parish and Compton railway station was opened. British Railways withdrew passenger services from the line and closed Compton station in 1962. BR had closed Compton goods yard by 1966. Through freight traffic was withdrawn in 1967 and the line was closed and dismantled.

Amenities and economy

The academically successful The Downs School local authority secondary school is in Compton.

The Institute for Animal Health is at Compton. Substantial portions of the BBC Television series Trainer were filmed in and around Compton and the neighbouring village of East Ilsley.


  1. ^ "Area selected: West Berkshire (Unitary Aurhority)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics.$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=4&containerAreaId=790310. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pevsner, 1966, page 120
  3. ^ a b Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 15-21


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